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Chinese Poetry Workshop 5: Meng Haoran

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Join Dr Theresa Munford, Chinese literature teacher, for this opportunity to explore Chinese poetry from the Tang Dynasty (618 – 906). You'll be introduced to a different Chinese poet in each workshop and explore one of their poems. You will uncover the poem’s language, imagery, and symbolism, illustrated by objects in the Museum’s collection. No previous experience or knowledge of Chinese language is required.

This poetry workshop explores the life and work of Meng Haoran (689–740), looking at his poem ‘Overnight on Jiande River’. The canals and rivers of China were the main transport routes in Imperial times, so it is little wonder than many fine poems are set on boats. This poem evokes the solitary quiet of a night-time mooring as well as reflecting the poet’s engagement with Buddhist ideas of meditation and emptiness.

You will receive your workshop pack information in an email for you to download and print prior to the workshop.

Previous event participants have described this workshop as:

“One of the best online museum activities I have attended, both for learning content and technical presentation”

“[Theresa] was extremely knowledgeable and conducted the session in the perfect manner – scholarly but not too formal”.